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Old 11-29-2008, 08:33 PM   #11
 
Platies produce a lot of waste, and breed a ton. One could get in, maybe two if your tank cleaning schedule is religious and your filtration is good. No more.

Forgot to mention... The guppies may interbreed with the Molly if it turns out to be a female. They are related.

Anyways, live plants is all a matter of what you have.
Bulb type?
Type of Fixture?
Dosing CO2?

Many other things, but those are the main.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:25 PM   #12
 
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Guppy, if I were you, I'd skip live plants for now and just get fake ones. Just get a handle on your fish first. Really, if I were you, I'd get your 10 gallons... cycle them, and for now just keep your guppies/molly and betta and get them situated in their respective tanks. No need to rush things. :)
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:19 AM   #13
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Honestly, if I were you I'd do this:

Tank 1: Put your guppies and your molly in. Then you could get 6 pygmy cories (they stay small and are light on the bioload). Lastly, you could either get a small school of the rasboras OR a few more male guppies or mollies. That would put you at the limit your tank could take.

I would not do the pleco, they simply get too large and produce a lot of waste relative to their size.

I would also not do the danios, they are just too active for a small tank.

Tank 2: Get a divider and make sure that it is secure. Then put your female betta and another one in each side. Cut the opening part of the lid in half or keep the water level low to prevent jumping during feeding time.

I would skip the live plants. Go for silk, they are much less of a headache especially if you are new to keeping fish themselves. Maybe later on when you have the fish thing down pat you can upgrade to planted tanks.

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:35 PM   #14
 
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I would agree with kim. The cories themselves are very active and will be fun to watch. i would try instead of the Harlequin Rasboras, a small school of neons or cardnal tetras they are nice to look at and will do well with the other fish in my experience. I had a similar situation:

In a 12g
4 pygmy cories
1 female betta
1 gourami
3 mollies (1 male, 2 females)
5 neons

I had a rated 20 galloon filter and another separate sponge filter this tank was in the same state for a whole year with no deaths. If it were me i would stock a tank like this:

The 3 guppies
the 1 molly
5 pygmy cories
5 neon tetras

Then look for a powerful filter. Good Luck!

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Old 12-01-2008, 03:39 PM   #15
 
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Thanks for all of the advice. Its a shock, but my MOM accually is now concidering a 29 gallon. Anything I could do, stock wise, to add on? Add back in the Danios, anyone?
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:48 PM   #16
 
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Thats great news that would definity open up the danios. You could also get a pleco, and i would try and add some live plants. Good News and Good Luck!

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Old 12-01-2008, 07:14 PM   #17
 
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If i would get a29 gallon, it would be a family activity, and they could still be considered my fish but I think that I would open up and let my family pick the pleco. I think the Pleco might be named by my littlest brother, and he likes the names "Niko" and "Elmo". I wonder what it would be named? Hmm...

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Old 12-01-2008, 07:33 PM   #18
 
Just make sure it is not a Common Pleco.
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Old 12-01-2008, 08:32 PM   #19
 
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And make sure you have some driftwood for the pleco to chew on and hind under if he gets scared.
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:46 PM   #20
 
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If I have a 29g, I'd take advantage of getting some monster snails such as Pomacea canaliculata and Pomacea insularum. They're illegal to ship in USA but legal to own and obtain personally in-state or outside other states. These ones eat plants though so they're not suited for planted tank setups. They however will last several years and since these are sexual, they need a partner to mate. They lay clutches of hot pink eggs above the waterline containing 50-200 eggs. I find myself in a dilemma at the moment with my canas as I am expecting 300 babies this month.

The other alternative would be Pomacea bridgesii. They're available in several colors with gold being the most commonly available. They won't eat plants. These are also sexual and lay peach to white eggs. Provided your pH is 7.0 and above, the snails will be fine. You can add calcium on their diet or use calcium enriched foods to maintain a very thick healthy shell. Keep the eggs in warm humid conditions to be able to hatch them.
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